Managing Your Cat’s Dental Needs
We love being trusted with the care of your feline companion, but there are plenty of things you can do for them at home to supplement the treatments we provide. After all, your cat relies on you for all of their needs, and that includes cat dental care. Sadly, many pets do not receive the essential dental treatments they require to be fully healthy. Over time, plaque and tartar will build up on your pet’s teeth, eventually spreading under the gums and causing irritation and infection.
Gum disease is a common condition involving inflammation of the gums, along with tooth and bone loss. To prevent gum disease from developing in your cat’s mouth, we can help by offering our advice and providing professional dental exams and cleanings.
What Our Feline Dental Services Entail
During a standard physical exam, we can only see so much of your pet’s oral cavity. Naturally, they are not likely to be cooperative during an oral exam. That’s why the bulk of your cat’s dental work must be performed while they are under anesthesia. During this time, we can take a much closer look at their teeth and gums, and search for any signs of damage to the teeth, bones and surrounding tissues.
When cleaning your cat’s teeth, the process includes:
- Dental radiographs to look for hidden disease
- Monitoring general anesthesia–monitors and a live nurse
- IV catheter and fluids for circulatory support
- Pain management for any potentially uncomfortable procedure that may have to be performed
- Ultrasonic scaling – this procedure involves using an ultrasonic scaler to remove stubborn calculus from the teeth
- Polishing – smoothing the tooth surface to reduce future plaque and tartar buildup
- Extractions – if a tooth is broken, abscessed, loose or decayed, it will need to be extracted
Caring for Your Cat’s Teeth at Home
Preventing dental disease is almost just as important as curing it. We will recommend methods to help your kitty maintain the health of his or her teeth on a regular basis. Just as your dentist does with your oral care.
Absolutely love that this veterinary office is dedicated solely to the care of cats. Doctors and staff are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, compassionate regarding pets left in their care, lessening any concerns owners may have prior to visiting!
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We have been coming since Cali was a tiny kitty and I would not go anywhere else. We are treated with kindness and friendliness and I very much enjoy going in. It has been the same kind of experience I had with my childrens’ pediatric visits.
You’re all absolute experts on feline health, and you give my cats the very best of care. I wouldn’t take my beloved pets anywhere else.
The knowledge and understanding Dr. Cousins has of felines is outstanding. Being only 1 of 80 in the nation that is specialized in feline practice makes us feel that our fur babies received the upmost care & treatement. Would highly recommend!